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Byline: SIX anglers had a lucky escape this afternoon when their boat started taking on water half a mile out to sea from South Shields.
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Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat and Cullercoats RNLI inshore lifeboat were requested to launch by Humber Coastguard at 3.30pm on Thursday June 11th after the skipper of the 8m angling boat Faith made a distress call.
 
Launching just a couple of minutes after the volunteer crew were paged, The lifeboats raced to the stricken boat, with Tynemouth RNLI reaching her first, quickly taking off the anglers and putting three crew members on board with a salvage pump.
 
The leak didn’t get any worse and the Faith was shepherded into the safety of the Tyne harbour before Tynemouth lifeboat took her under tow towards North Shields. 
 
The skipper of the Faith assisted by lifeboat crew members managed to seal the leak so it was decided it was safe to return the vessel to her moorings at Friar’s Goose Marina, Gateshead. The anglers were then transferred back on board her and Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat took over the tow upriver, leaving Tynemouth lifeboat to refuel and return to station.
 
As Tynemouth lifeboat approached the boathouse the crew noticed a jet ski rider who had fallen off his craft and was attempting to climb back onto it. The rider was brought on board the lifeboat and found to be exhausted so he and his craft were taken the short distance to South Shields slipway by two lifeboat crew members using the small inflatable Y-class lifeboat carried on board the all weather lifeboat.
 
Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat, said: ‘Tynemouth and Cullercoats RNLI lifeboats carried out a textbook response to what could have been a disaster as there could have been six people in the water.
 
‘The volunteer lifeboat crew members followed their training and considerable experience to assist the anglers and ensure a safe outcome for all.
 
‘The jet ski rider in distress was badly exhausted and losing the ability to swim so he also had a lucky escape, thanks to the quick actions of the lifeboat crew’.

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RNLI Media contacts
 
For further information, please call Tynemouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Adrian Don on 07834 731833.

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station was established in 1862 although there have been lifeboats on the river Tyne since the world’s first purpose built lifeboat was launched here in 1790. Our lifeboats have launched on service over 2000 times, saving nearly 900 lives. The station has 30 volunteer crew members who come from all walks of life. We operate two lifeboats: The Severn class all weather lifeboat Spirit of Northumberland and our D class inshore lifeboat Mark Noble. We have a website at www.tynemouth-lifeboat.org, and you can find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/TynemouthRNLI or follow us on Twitter @TynemouthRNLI

Byline: SIX anglers had a lucky escape this afternoon when their boat started taking on water half a mile out to sea from South Shields.
Page Content:

Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat and Cullercoats RNLI inshore lifeboat were requested to launch by Humber Coastguard at 3.30pm on Thursday June 11th after the skipper of the 8m angling boat Faith made a distress call.
 
Launching just a couple of minutes after the volunteer crew were paged, The lifeboats raced to the stricken boat, with Tynemouth RNLI reaching her first, quickly taking off the anglers and putting three crew members on board with a salvage pump.
 
The leak didn't get any worse and the Faith was shepherded into the safety of the Tyne harbour before Tynemouth lifeboat took her under tow towards North Shields. 
 
The skipper of the Faith assisted by lifeboat crew members managed to seal the leak so it was decided it was safe to return the vessel to her moorings at Friar's Goose Marina, Gateshead. The anglers were then transferred back on board her and Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat took over the tow upriver, leaving Tynemouth lifeboat to refuel and return to station.
 
As Tynemouth lifeboat approached the boathouse the crew noticed a jet ski rider who had fallen off his craft and was attempting to climb back onto it. The rider was brought on board the lifeboat and found to be exhausted so he and his craft were taken the short distance to South Shields slipway by two lifeboat crew members using the small inflatable Y-class lifeboat carried on board the all weather lifeboat.
 
Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat, said: 'Tynemouth and Cullercoats RNLI lifeboats carried out a textbook response to what could have been a disaster as there could have been six people in the water.
 
'The volunteer lifeboat crew members followed their training and considerable experience to assist the anglers and ensure a safe outcome for all.
 
'The jet ski rider in distress was badly exhausted and losing the ability to swim so he also had a lucky escape, thanks to the quick actions of the lifeboat crew'.

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RNLI Media contacts
 
For further information, please call Tynemouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Adrian Don on 07834 731833.

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station was established in 1862 although there have been lifeboats on the river Tyne since the world's first purpose built lifeboat was launched here in 1790. Our lifeboats have launched on service over 2000 times, saving nearly 900 lives. The station has 30 volunteer crew members who come from all walks of life. We operate two lifeboats: The Severn class all weather lifeboat Spirit of Northumberland and our D class inshore lifeboat Mark Noble. We have a website at www.tynemouth-lifeboat.org, and you can find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/TynemouthRNLI or follow us on Twitter @TynemouthRNLI